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December 13, 2017

11/17/2017 10:58:00 AM
Claypool Foundation gives $41K to groups
Six Crawford County agencies are sharing in more than $41,000 distributed this week by the Silas and Ruth Claypool Foundation.

Three organizations - Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Palestine Community Food Bank and Robinson Soccer Club - each got $10,000.

Twin Rivers Regional Vocational System was granted $6,354 while Upper Room Street Ministries received $5,000 and the Embarras River Basin Agency was given $831.

The sheriff's office will use its grant to buy cameras for its cars. They will provide greater security for both deputies and the public.

The Palestine food pantry will use its share of the grant money to continue efforts to provide food to those in need. Similarly, Upper Room will use its money to continue expanding its efforts. Originally, it only delivered bread to Robinson residents. Now it also offers items such as hygiene products and diapers. It is expanding to Oblong and hopes to also add Palestine.

The soccer program will buy medical equipment and a shed that will be used both for storage and as a concession stand. Since 2014, participation among elementary school-age children has jumped from 130 to 285. A junior-high team has been added and a high-school team is planned.

The Twin Rivers automotive shop program offered at Robinson High School will use its grant to buy a wheel balancer. The program is open students from the entire county as well as Lawrenceville.

ERBA will use its money to purchase thermal bags to use when making home deliveries of meals to local senior citizens. Last year, the group delivered more than 14,180 meals here.

Stewart Schutte, trust officer at First National Bank Trust Services, presented the grants to the recipients Wednesday at the First National Bank in Oblong.

First National Bank's Trust Services in Robinson is a department of First National Bank in Olney, a locally owned and managed financial services provider serving communities in Southeastern Illinois in seven locations.

The foundation was established in 1991 and presented its first grants 25 years ago. Since then, it has given almost $1 million to local organizations.

"Hopefully, this will going long after I'm gone," Schutte said.

For additional information about the Silas and Ruth Claypool Foundation, contact Schutte at 544-3900.

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